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Beginner Balance Beam Exercises Strengthen Child’s Balance System
This article provides helpful balance beam exercises for beginners. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
You may not realize it, but balance plays an essential role in a child’s learning development. Balance activities are important for improving attention and focus in the classroom and postural development. Believe it or not, kids need a strong balance system to help them copy notes from the chalkboard, sit still at their desk, and write letters and numbers.
The Balance Beam Beginner Activity Slide deck is for parents and therapists who are ready to incorporate balance activities in their child or students’ routine. This specific slide deck uses a low beam to help beginners establish a stronger sense of balance and body awareness.
Children who often experience dizziness, gravitational insecurity, vertigo or nausea when moving may benefit from balance activities.
Why is balance important?
When parents see a breakdown with a child’s visual system as they begin reading and writing, they may automatically think it is a vision issue. However, it’s one of the signs a child’s balance may be off because it supports a child’s reading and writing development.
Balance may not seem important, but it’s the system within the child’s brain that allows them to concentrate, control eye movements and visually process information they read and write.
It is only when parents and teachers see learning delays that signs and symptoms of immature balance begin to show in the classroom. Kids who experienced multiple ear infections or missed milestones as babies are more likely to experience delays in balance as they grow older.
Without good balance, reading can become tiresome and frustrating. To know if your child or students struggle with balance, try a few simple tests to determine if it may be causing delays in the classroom.
Beginner Balance Beam Activities
To get your child or students involved with balance activities, we created a free balance beam activity slide deck for you to use at home or in your therapy sessions.
There are so many activities to support a child’s balance system and provide them with the help they need to strengthen the areas of development balance supports. The activities in this slide deck are just a few to help beginners get started. Here’s how you can use these beam activities in your sessions:
- Use beam activities to improve a child’s attention and focus.
- Use beam activities for beginner children.
- Go through each slide one at a time to help the child get comfortable using a balance beam.
- Incorporate activities when brain breaks are needed for fidgeting and concentration.
- Add a sticker to the wall so that child has a point of reference for eye contact to gain better control over their body.
- Use beam activities to watch body position, posture, head placement and ability to coordinate their body.
- Add manipulatives to the beam activities as the child’s skillset improves (for example, balls, bean bags, scarves or hula hoops).
- Adjust beam activities to the level of the child and make modifications as the child becomes stronger and more proficient.
Balance Beam Beginner Slide Deck
The Balance Beam Beginner slide deck is a free google deck that you can download to your google drive. The slide deck can be used by therapists, parents and educators for kids who are delayed in balance and coordination. Exercises are meant to be fun and playful. Use these activities in your online sessions or in your in-person therapy practice.
To download a copy of this free Balance Beam Beginner slide deck, enter your email address in the form below.
The slide deck is perfect for both indoor and outdoor practice.
Please download a copy to your computer and do not change the URL. Changing the name of the URL could cause changes to the original form. We want to ensure all Integrated Learning Strategies users have access to the original version.
When you enter your email address below, you will be emailed a PDF document with a link to your slide deck. You can access this slide deck over and over again by simply clicking on the link within the PDF document. You can also forward this document to parents, teachers or other therapists.
Please use the copy of this slide deck and do not change the URL.
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